Dog’s communicate with their bark and sometimes their communication is excessive and exhausting. A dog always barking back and forth between a fence is even more annoying, especially at seven o’clock in the morning. Some fence barking can get carried away, leaving your dog stressed, and on edge every time they go in the backyard. Preventing this obnoxious behavior can be solved with a simple meet-and-greet with the neighboring dog, or back-to-basic training, with commands and rewards for desired “backyard behavior.”
Getting your dog to stop barking at the neighbor’s dog may be a daunting task, especially if this behavior has been going on for a while. Correcting any undesired behaviors is best done in early age, though a move or adding a new dog to the family may bring upon new challenges. Excessive barking can mean not enough exercise, wanting to say “Hi,” or a sign of aggression; all of these can resolve with different methods. If your dog is barking because they are bored, a long walk can settle them down and keep their barking to a minimum. Wanting to say “Hi,” is a simple fix by scheduling a meeting with the neighbor’s dog, in a neutral place not in either backyard and of course always supervised. Aggressive barking can be driven by either dog, putting a vision barrier on the fence, or restricting the access is a simple fix and can eliminate bad behavior.
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Working on a new command with your dog such as, “Silent,” “quiet,” or “settle” can teach your dog when barking is acceptable, like in guard situations and when it isn’t (when the dogs are out). Rewarding your dog for obeying this command, and practicing these when the neighbor’s dogs are out will allow your dog to see that they don’t have to bark the entire time they’re out, and only bark when there are serious threats.